Laser devices to detect drug mishaps

A New Zealand company is trialling world-leading technology to eliminate intravenous medication errors in hospitals.

Auckland-based health company Veriphi has developed the machine in conjunction with doctors.

Veriphi chief executive Greg Shanahan told Nine to Noon the device would help minimise human error.

The technology uses lasers to scan intravenous bags and lines to check the correct drugs and dosages are being given.

“That laser passes light at various wavelengths and we recognise the unique spectral signatures of different drugs at specific concentrations.

“So, each drug at a different concentration has a non-visible colour, and that can be recognised by our system.”

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